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  • Locations: Estimated Travel Day to/from the US, -; Tsukuba, Japan; Yamanakako, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.0
Housing Option: Dorm/Residence Hall, Dormitory, On Campus Residence Hall Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Education and Human Ecology, Education and Human Ecology (College of), Kinesiology: Physical Education
Click here for a definition of this term Rank/Class Status: 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student, 5-Graduate Student Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty-Led
Click here for a definition of this term Summer Session: 4W3 Four Week Session 3 Click here for a definition of this term GE Requirements: GE: Open Options – Education Abroad
Click here for a definition of this term Academic Credit: Kinesiology, Kinesiology: Physical Education, Kinesiology: Sport, Fitness, and Health Program Click here for a definition of this term Ohio State Program Contact: Timothy E. Hornsby
Program Description:




The Exploring Japan through Sport, Wellness and Culture course is designed to provide students with hands on, experiential activities that will foster an understanding of Japan and Japanese culture. Prior leaving for Japan, students will be exposed to the Japanese language and customs through lectures at Ohio State. Students will then participate in a two-week experience in Japan that will include participating in the Tsukuba Summer Institute (8 days) plus cultural excursions to Tokyo, Tsukuba Shrine, and Nikko. The Tsukuba Summer Institute (TSI) is an 8-day international seminar/workshop for undergraduate and graduate students in sport, physical activity and physical education from around the globe (over 15 different countries). TSI is held at the University of Tsukuba in the Ibaraki Prefecture, which is approximately one-hour northeast of Tokyo. During TSI students can participate in one of three learning tracks: (1) Sport, Physical Activity, and Culture in Japan, (2) International Development through Sport, or (3) Collaborative Research . Prior to and after TSI, students will visit Tokyo, Tsukuba Shrine, and the Shrines and Temples of Nikko to gain further understanding of Japan and Japanese History and Culture.

Expected Learning Outcomes

1. Gain a deeper understanding Japanese customs and culture as demonstrated through an oral presentation about the experience.
2. Develop an understanding of Judo, Kendo and Kyudo as demonstrated through active participation in TSI workshops.
3. Gain an understanding of the history and culture of Japan as demonstrated through reflections on cultural excursions.
4. Develop critical thinking and reflection skills relative to their personal wellness as demonstrated through a personal reflective journal or blog.
5. Gain an increased understanding of how sport, physical activity and wellness operates in and acts on society in Japan as demonstrated through active participation in TSI, personal reflections, and oral presentations.
6. Gain a deeper understanding of global issues and/or innovative research in sport, physical activity, and physical education by attending daily lectures from international scholars.
7. Gain a deeper understanding of different cultures as demonstrated through participation in multi-national groups in TSI activities.


The program will be primarily located in Tsukuba, Japan, with excursions to Tokyo and other locations in Japan.


Students will be housed in residence halls at the University of Tsukuba.

Resident Directors

Sue Sutherland
Associate Professor, Human Sciences Administration

Jackie Goodway
Professor, Human Sciences Administration

Ohio State Program Contact

Tim Hornsby



Courses and Credit

The Exploring Japan through Sport, Wellness and Culture program is a 3 credit hour course in Kinesiology 5795. This course is an undergraduate and graduate level course.



Application Requirement

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA, good disciplinary standing, and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation.

All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline.


Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure. For information about apply for a passport, go to



Program Costs

Students will be responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $713 program fee, which will cover in-country transportation, accommodations, some group lunches and dinners, and entrance to all program sites and excursions. It does not cover international airfare, passport fees, immunizations, most meals and personal expenses.

This program is graciously supported financially by the College of Education and Human Ecology, the Kubota Foundation, and the University of Tsukuba.

The EHE Ambassador Award application can be found here, and the deadline to apply is December 15th. The EHE Ambassador Award will provide one EHE major out of those who apply for the scholarship with $1,000 to go towards the cost of the program fee for this program. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is December 15th, and notice will go out December 21st. There is more information on the application website. Questions about the EHE Ambassador Award should go to Kerry Dixon (

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline. A limited amount of funding is available for this program, with priority going first to Kinesiology majors who are specializing in Physical Education/Sport Activity, then to all Kinesiology majors, then to all students within the College of Education and Human Ecology. Notice of scholarship awards specific to this program will go out by the program deadline. Please reach out to Nyya Jones ( with any questions on scholarships or funding for this program.

The EHE Ambassador Award (Link: will grant one EHE major out of those who apply per EHE faculty-led program $1,000 to go towards their study abroad program fee. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is December 15. Notice of who has been granted the scholarship will go out 1-2 weeks after the scholarship deadline. Students do not have to have an application to the program of their choice active in order to apply for the scholarship. The student from each program who has been granted the scholarship will need to apply and be accepted to the program of their choice, and maintain eligibility for that program in order to receive disbursement of the award funding. Any questions about this scholarship should go to Kerry Dixon (




Information Sessions

None scheduled


U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (pre-travel health guidance)

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.


None at this time.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/01/2019
02/15/2019 07/03/2019 07/19/2019
Summer 2020 01/02/2020 01/23/2020 TBA TBA

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